1. I completed my Goodreads challenge of 52 books. I'm still working on the Read Harder Challenges from the bookriot journal.
2. Hmm... On Litsy, few people know that I've lived in Spain, Chile, Istanbul, and India.
3. Depends on my mood- I always love Motown. Also modern folk (which my friend calls "Hey!" music)
4. Sept and Nov 23 are our wedding anniversaries because we had a wedding in the US and one in India.
5. ? (Labeled as high five...)
This book was brutal, and that made it hard to get into at the beginning. Yet, as I got further along it got harder and harder to put down. Knowing that Hurricane Katrina was heading straight for them and seeing the incredibly difficult situation in which they lived made for a continuously ominous feeling. In the end, I saw this as a powerful story of determination and survival.
This book has been lost on my #NetGalley shelf for a while. 😬
It‘s July 1st & I‘ve already acquired my first book of the month. I didn‘t pay for it but still! Help! This is bad for #theunreadshelfproject2019 😬
Isn‘t this cover gorgeous though?
When the levee breaks mama you got to move
All last night sat on the levee and moaned🎶
Jesmyn Ward tells a story of poverty and survival during the approach of Hurricane Katrina
#whentheleveebreaks #maymoviemagic @Cinfhen @rohit-sawant
I wish I‘d read reviews before deciding to read this one as it contains disturbing dog fighting scenes and the terrible neglect of her puppies. I skipped through much of this book due to that. I will say she‘s an incredibly talented writer and my opinion of this (one book) won‘t deter reading her others.
*Contains animal violence
Halfway through this novel...beautiful, detailed story, but feeling sad for these kids‘ rough life.
I don‘t know a thing about this book other than those who read it liked it. I started it last night. I find it fun to start books as a blank slate and to just wait to see what they do for me. And you?!
Trip to the library today and came back with several off my TBR list. Trying to choose what to read next after tagged book finished. What are your suggestions? They all seem so good!!! As you can tell Catti is telling me just to choose one so he can keep on sleeping
This novel tells one family's story over 12 days leading up to, during, and the day after Hurricane Katrina. Such amazingly vivid storytelling, especially during the hurricane.
#BlackHistoryMonth #ReadBlackAuthors #ReadBlackWomen #Blitsy #Femmeuary #ReadFemaleAuthors #HurricaneKatrina
I wish I had known about the dog fighting. 😑
Thank you, Michele, for giving me this book on the occasion of my birthday. I am quite heartened by the good wishes and gifts I‘ve received from people who don‘t even know me! Please know how very much I appreciate your thoughtfulness...just taking the time to check my TBR list to find something I‘m interested in is going out of your way to be kind. I truly appreciate everything you Littens do...every day I‘m so happy I joined Litsy! ❤️😍😊
Jesmyn Ward deserves every iota of praise she gets. Her protagonist, Esch, is unforgettable. The novel covers twelve days leading up to Hurricane Katrina in rural Mississippi. Ward transfigures mundane events into glorious moments.
Getting ready to start this. Therefore also getting ready for an emotional roller coaster. I loved Sing, Unburied, Sing and if you believe word of mouth this one is supposed to be better. I guess I'm about to find out if that's true. #currentlyreading
Didn't like this nor did I rate the writing. Disliked the characters especially the weird, creepy, borderline psycho Skeetah. And his relationship with the dog just made my stomach churn. Dog fight scene was horrid. The Greek mythology references didn't sit comfortably in the narrative & seemed to me to be cynical & shoehorned in & out of character with the narrative voice. It elicited no sympathy or emotion in me. Sorry not sorry 🦃🦃🦃
WOW. This was a good read. Very sad on so many different levels. The book takes place over a 12 day period: Before hurricane Katrina hits and the day after. The day of the hurricane was a hard chapter to get through. I definitely plan on reading another of Ward's books in the future.
I have been very stressed out with my three year old lately, so my husband shooed me out of the house to have some "me" time. I ended up at the bookstore and picked out these beauties to buy ?
Really good story about a family struggling with poverty, loss and many other issues. It was set against the backdrop of hurricane Katrina and yet one could argue the hurricane isn‘t the worst thing the family had to endure. I recommend. It is a heavy lift though.
I was a little unsure what to rate this one because the middle dragged a bit because as important as the dog is, I got a little tired of the dog. This family had so many issues and felt so real. Katrina didn't feel sensationalized here, which I worry about when major events are depicted in fiction. Beautifully written, felt mythic or universal in parts, esp the day before and the day the storm hits. Made me want to re-read Medea and Faulkner.